Wir gegen Die

Es ist, als würde um mich herum ein perfekt inszeniertes Musical stattfinden. Die eiligen Schritte durch den Schnee sind eine Choreografie, ich traue mich nicht zu blinzeln, aus Angst den Moment zu verpassen, in dem ergraute Männer mit Aktentaschen unterm Arm, Frauen in roten Businesskleidern, Chauffeure und dicke Männer mit hohen Kochmützen sich an den Händen fassen und singen.

Die Kulisse: riesige Glasbauten, ein großes Herz blinkt darauf. Taxis hupen und ein Kamerateam versucht ein viel zu großes Mikrofon durch die Drehtüren zu manövrieren.

Ich warte vorm Europäischen Parlament auf den Assistenten meines ersten Interviewpartners. Frank Engel aus Luxemburg. 34 Jahre alt und Mitglied der Christdemokratischen Fraktion. Mit 34 ist man in der Politik ein Vertreter der jungen Generation. Ich will von ihm wissen, was er für eine Vision für Europa hat und was seine Ansichten von denen, der älteren Generation unterscheidet. Google verriet mir über ihn vor allem, dass es da mal eine skandalträchtige Alkoholfahrt mit 2,9 Promille gab. Danke Herr Engel, dass nimmt die Angst.
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Herz überm Eingang des Parlaments

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A christmas topic: all about the children

It’s time for my first English blogpost, and I have to admit I’m nervous.I’m very happy about feedback!

Before I start I want to call your attention to an articel I found at Eutopia, a very nice blog about visions and critics of EU poltitics. The blog entry is titled “Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others” and deals with immigration in Europe. I enjoyed reading it a lot. It is a very good introduction to the topic.

If you read the article, maybe you can understand the desperation of a woman whose relatives escaped from Syria to Turkey a few weeks ago. When I sent an email in order to let everyone know that my blog is online now, a colleague of my mother responded and shared the story of her family who are now refugees in Turkey. The family decided to leave Syria because the situation there is getting worse day by day. After three weeks in Turkey they luckily got their own little flat in Killis, a city close to the syrien border, where about 10,000 other Syrian refugees live now. Ftaim, the mother, and her six children, between four- to fifteen-years-old, are very happy to finally live on their own again. The father, Hamza, is already in Germany and works in Köln as hard as possible to earn money for his family. But winter is definetely coming and life is quite expensive in Turkey. They have one little oven in their flat and pay daily four Euros just for coal. But what they mostly need are winter clothes for the children. They are sizes 98, 122, 146 and 164. On the 26th, my mother’s colleague is going to Turkey and, she hopes to bring as much cold weather gear with her as possible.

Does somebody of you have winter clothes in those sizes?

If you live in Berlin, I would pick them up, and if you don’t live here, I can give you the woman’s address. Just email me at lilja@frolleineuropa.de or leave a comment below. Karin Pütt is also very happy about donations for the family.

karin putt                                                              two of the children still in syria, taken by Karin Pütt

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